Restore your look with a thread lift!
A thread lift with Dr Margaret Anderson is a non-surgical way to lift sagging facial skin.
The thread lift is a safe, minimally invasive, non-surgical face-lift procedure which is less time consuming with reduced discomfort and pain. Dr Margaret Anderson has put together a complete guide to help you understand the thread lift procedure, benefits, risks and recovery process. If you would like to learn more about the power of our non-surgical facelift and what it can do for you, download our free info-pack!
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- What is a thread lift?
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- Thread lift V alternate procedures
What is a thread lift?
The procedure counteracts the effects of ageing by “lifting up” sagging skin of the face and neck. This redistributes the subcutaneous fat for a younger look. The soft tissues of the mid and lower face are lifted and the lines formed by gravity are smoothed. There are no tell-tale scars in front or behind the ears.
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What does a thread lift involve?
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The procedure is performed under intravenous sedation and local anaesthetic. This will also contribute to some of the swelling. Threads are used as pulleys on the subcutaneous fat, which is then suspended and lifted. The amount of lift possible is related to the laxity of the tissues and the amount of subcutaneous fat. If there is a thicker layer of fat in the neck this may require liposuction as an initial procedure followed by a thread lift 3 months later. The threads stimulate collagen and elastin production resulting in firmer facial tissues. There are two major lifting sutures spearing soft tissues with barbs or cones and a sling of the tissues.
The Silhouette sutures have cones and knots. Cones are made from L-lactide (82%) and glycolide (18%) and are absorbed by heat and hydrasis within 10 months. When the thread is inserted the knot is covered. When pulled in the opposite direction the knot stops the cone to create maximal traction and tissue suspension. The cones also allow for a solid 360° of anchoring with fibrosis giving a non-slipping base ensuring that the sutures remain in place during the entire healing process. A fibrous capsule forms around the cones and after the cones are absorbed it functions as a scar around the knots of the suture.
The sling or stitch thread lift uses polypropylene (prolene), a permanent suture, which has been used to repair hernias for many years. The skin and subcutaneous fat is lifted with bunching of some excess skin in the hairline, which flattens in time. This also gives a good lift, which is less dramatic than a full facelift but also has less scarring. It can also be enhanced by adding further sutures.
Who is suitable for a thread lift?
People that are suitable for this procedure have sagging soft tissues of the face with deepening and lengthening of the naso-labial groove (from side of the nose to corner of the mouth). The mound above this groove becomes heavier and more prominent, the corners of the mouth turn downward with an oblique groove extending down and out from the corner of the mouth and jowls develop. There is fullness at about the mid-point of the jaw-line on each side of the chin. Lifting this tissue re-creates an oval shaped face giving a natural, less tired looking face.
What to expect after a thread lift?
Thread lift recovery
- The face and neck will feel tight. There will also possibly be some bruising, tingling or burning of localised areas of numbness. An elasticised face and neck support garment will help the tissues to settle in their new position and give a feeling of comfort and reduce swelling.
- Ice packs or cold face cloths can be used for the first 24 hours.
- Maintain fluids and drink smoothies for a few days following the surgery.
- Avoid opening the mouth wide and chewing vigorously for about one week.
- Avoid strenuous activity (where your heart rate is more than 100bpm) for a week.
- Avoid lifting heavy objects, more than 5kg for the first 3 weeks.
- Avoid turning your head from side to side (If you must turn, move your whole body).
- Avoid bending forward at the face and neck for the first week.
- Analgesics can be taken regularly for the first few days.
- Sleep on your back with an extra pillow for the first week after surgery.
- When using moisturiser or makeup move fingers from an inferior to superior position. Use good skin care with Vitamin A.
- No facials or massages for one month.
- Avoid pulling tight clothing over the head for one month.
- No heavy housework, gardening and gym/aerobics and contact sports for 6 weeks after surgery.
- Avoid pursing the lips (as in drinking through a straw), avoid grimacing and hold your face/neck when laughing, coughing, sneezing or yawning.
- Avoid dental treatment, if possible, for at least 6 weeks.
- Recovery in terms of mixing socially is usually around 2 weeks.
- You may shower after 24 hours, leave the wounds covered with the tape (Hypafix), pat the tape dry with a towel and then dry completely with a hairdryer.
- No aspirin or anti-inflammatories to be taken (Nurofen, Ibuprofen) for 2 weeks after surgery.
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Thread lift complications
- Bruising and swelling.
- Pain and tightness.
- Visible and/or palpable threads.
- Threads breaking (excessive traction with knotting).
- Asymmetries (may be related to underlying bone).
- Numbness below the ear.
- Haematoma in the temporal area.
- Temporal area pain with sutures that are left too long.
- Extrusion of ends of sutures.
- Skin folds in hair line.
- Small and in hair line or in front of ear.
- Prophylactic antibiotics given.
- Unrealistic expectations.
- Slow progression of some laxity, after 3-4 years.
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- (08) 8267 6844
Suite 8, 1st Floor
183 Tynte Street
North Adelaide, SA, 5006